Important to continue the momentum, says Williamson

“We had obviously had a close match against Delhi (which SRH lost). But, I think we still we played good cricket. But, I don’t think we are caught in that loss,” he explained.

Kane Williamson also emphasised that the focus will be on playing good quality cricket.   -  V.V Subrahmanyam

Sunrisers Hyderabad star batsman, Kane Williamson, says that it is important to stay grounded and play quality cricket, continue the momentum as the team gears up for the final assault before play-offs when it takes on Rising Pune Supergiant here on Saturday.

“We had obviously had a close match against Delhi (which SRH lost). But, I think we still we played good cricket. But, I don’t think we are caught in that loss,” he explained.

“We have a very good culture in Sunrisers. There are number of leaders in the team which actually works for the team. They all played lot of cricket at the highest level. David is a good captain. And, when we do plan a strategy we try to play the best,” Williamson said. “It is important to have that sort of culture – relaxed, open and with the freedom to play,” he added.

“No one has a perfect team and no team is unbeaten in this format which is fickle in nature. Sometimes your bowling is good, sometimes batting and sometimes fielding,” he remarked.

“I am fine batting at No.3. Whatever the team needs I am up for the job. It is a team game after all,” he said about his batting position.

“Yes, we are looking forward to play the brand of cricket which gets the wins for us now. Every game is important and the target is to pick two points from each one,” the Kiwi captain pointed out.

On his own experience and staying cool in this IPL, Williamson says one has to move on to play the best brand of cricket. “I was sitting on the bench for six games. It has been a very good experience to adapt to tough situations and give your best to the team purely focusing on what the team needs requires. Yes, less time means higher risk taken,” he commented.

What is the big difference in this IPL compared to previous edition? “Last year, the surfaces were very good with teams scoring 180-plus and defending them too. This time the players have to adapt a little bit more as they (pitches) varied,” Williamson felt.

On Pune’s new batting star Rahul Tripathi, the star batsman said he played a fantastic knock the other night. “Exciting talent. Pretty scared, coming from abroad, to see so much of young talent in India in India,” he said.

How different is the Sunrisers campaign this season? “Well, we want to do it again (win the title). Yes, the teams are playing better than last year. Being champions was a great feeling. It came the hard way. We are playing consistently good cricket this season and we want to keep those improvements to get one or two wins and make it to the play-offs once again,” he remarked.

“Every game is a real challenge. We played very good cricket so far and so did Pune. It is a contest between two well-balanced teams and will see who is better on the day,” he signed off.

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